It feels good to be flexing the stage acting muscles again
I WENT to Barcelona, and it was a really nice way to unwind from it all. Strictly is such a big show and you don’t realise how popular it is.
It felt like everyone in Britain was watching it, but you’re not really aware of that at the time because you are so busy rehearsing. Ready for a good stage fright?
finds out how last year’s Strictly champ Joe McFadden is preparing to spook audiences with a ghostly thriller have them jump out of their seats. It’s funny in places as well and it’s both a modern thriller and ghost story. (LAUGHS) You say that, but at one point (voice assistant) Alexa starts playing this music and my character has a bit of a dance in the house on his own. The someone comes in and says: ‘I don’t think we’re going to see you on Strictly mate.’ It’s my favourite line in the play. Maybe that’s why they gave me the part. IT’S about five years since I was last on stage. I did Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory. That’s the show that the producers of Holby City came along to see and led to me working on the TV series.
I’ve been lucky to have done a lot of television over the last few years, but it feels good now to be flexing the stage acting muscles again. I think it’s a good thing for an actor to do. I HAD a fantastic drama teacher in Glasgow who used to invite TV directors to come along to see our productions and I ended up on Taggart.
(Chuckles) I obviously looked like the sort of boy whose father had his head chopped off – young and wide-eyed and like a victim.
I never had the guts to go to drama school. I didn’t have that self-belief. It’s such a competitive industry.
I fell into television and I learned on the job. I taught myself to an extent and I’ve taken voice lessons and singing lessons over the years. THE BBC mini-series The Crow Road changed my life. I’d always done soap operas up until then and I remember thinking ‘this is really good quality television’ and I was scared I was going to mess it up. But it’s good for you as a person to do things that take you out of your comfort zone. I signed with an agent down south after The Crow Road and it opened a lot of doors for me. I did Cranford with Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins, was in Aladdin at the Old Vic with Ian McKellen and there has been Heartbeat and Holby as well. For a long time I think I was a bit bemused by it all and thought it was not going to last. Even now, 30 years on, I still love acting so much and I think I’ve been very lucky to have done so many things, like Strictly. I GO for walks with my dog, a cockapoo called Douglas, and I just enjoy normal stuff – watching scary films like the Halloween, Scream and Insidious movies and going to the theatre to check out what everyone else is doing. I might go to the gym in January to lose a little bit of weight I’ll probably put on over Christmas, but that usually only lasts for a few weeks. I’ve done Dry January in the past as well and I might give that a go again for 2019. The world premiere of Peter James’ The House On Cold Hill tours the UK from January 23. Go to peterjames.com for details.